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T-LEVEL IN EDUCATION & CHILDCARE

Level: Level 3
Last Updated: 19-10-21

T-Levels are pioneering new courses which are co-created with leading employers and aim to ensure young people across the country have access to a variety of programmes that successfully develop them into the skilled workforce of the future.

The T-Level in Education & Childcare is being offered at Preston College from September 2022 and will provide you with not only a vocational qualification but invaluable industry experience. T-Levels are developed with employers so you know you are getting the right skills and experience that they need from their workforce.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

T-Levels are split into core units and specialist units. T-Level in Education & Childcare core units cover the following areas to develop your knowledge:

  • early years education and childcare
  • understanding the education and childcare sector from ages 0 to 19
  • child development
  • how to support children and young people’s education
  • safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing
  • understanding and managing behaviour
  • observing and assessing children and young people
  • equality and diversity
  • special educational needs and disability
  • English as an additional language
  • working with parents, carers and wider families
  • working with agencies and services that support children, families and carers
  • reflective practice and other forms of professional development.

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

80% of your studies will be within the College, this will be either in a classroom where you will build theoretical knowledge, or in one of our specialist work areas where you can develop your practical skills. 

20% of the qualification will involve a 45 day (315 hours) industry placement with a local employer. During this time you will gain real work experience within the science industry, placing you in a great position to progress into employment once you complete your T-Level qualification.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will complete formal assessments and examinations.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Gaining a T-Level can help learners with progression onto higher study, Apprenticeships or into skilled employment.

T-Levels focus on technical skills and are equivalent to three A-Levels and are worth UCAS points. For example, a T-Level at grade Distinction* is worth the same as three A-Levels at A* and will be recognised by universities and other providers, meaning you have the option to continue your studies after college.

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in early years education, childcare or assisting teaching. You can progress into roles such as:

  • Nursery Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Mentor
  • Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above including English Language and maths.

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